Saturday, 15 August 2009

Blog Post #100?

Really? I’ve reached 100 blog posts on my own blog? That’s pretty good. I assume some general poking fun at myself and former posts is needed here.

My first post is only 169 characters long, just a little shorter and that’s the kind of thing that I’d tweet these days rather than blogging about. My blog also used to have a darker colour scheme, which didn’t bode well for visitors, so I switched to a much more calming green and took away the Penny Arcade image which once served as the banner.

It was moderately funny, but I think it demonstrated the angry young man I once was, and could still be, rather than the calm and collected person I now consider myself to be.

I later blogged about Pushing Daisies and got linked to another blog, which I assume brought in a bunch of readers. I broke my iPhone, reminisced on my childhood dog and then finally finished reviewing Brawl and got around to doing other reviews which are now coming together nicely.

I’ve also shared a few personal details, such as not being able to ride a bike, passing out from a currently unknown medical condition and I’m sure I’ll share more as time goes on.

Just felt like I needed to say thanks for reading all the crap I write, and if you ever want to write a guest post, feel free to e-mail me and ask. So, yes, cheers once again and cheers in advance to future blog readers who see this post later on.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Neurological update – Mid-August

ekg So, I know it’s not long since the last one, but I got results back and:

I’m perfectly fine

According to the two tests they did, I didn’t show any abnormalities or such things. I still have the appointment in November to attend when they will hopefully run a few more tests and may even try to do a psychoanalysis thing to ensure I’m not just crazy instead.
Which I assure you I am not. I’ll let you know more when I know.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Feelings are boring. Kissing is awesome

Not this has anything to do with what’s going on with me or anything. If the above is true, I guess that makes back and forth flirting kind of okay.

I’d love to have a girl I could just share my days and interests with, I’m not interested in “playing the game” and hopping from one woman to the next. Fun, yes, but not what I want to do.

I’d like one girl to have by my side, and at my aid and vice versa for a long time, but I fail miserably at starting relationships and then keeping them going if they do start.

I mention it, because of a girl that I know, of whom I’m often asked if there’s “anything going on between us”, but there isn’t. I wouldn’t mind there being something going on, but she’s dating someone anyways.

When I saw another couple I know meet earlier and they were playing around, it reminded me of her and myself, but then someone else is getting all the good stuff, whilst I do plenty of flirting and funny things (I think) with no pay off besides her being in a happier mood when she goes home to see her boyfriend, which doesn’t help me.

I just don’t know. I’m sure something good will happen for me soon.

Sorry to get all lovey-dovey, touchy feely on this, but as stated feelings are boring.

image_0013Kissing however, is awesome.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Why do I draw?

Weedle_by_PkmnTrainerJSo, why do I draw or sketch? I was awful at drawing as a child and continued to be poor at high school, but still did draw occasionally and then got more in to the writing aspect of things offering up short fiction or doing game based “diaries” on EWB.

Then around October/September I went in to town on a whim, and remembered I had this goal on my 43 Things about doing a web comic. I went to WHSmith’s and picked up a sketchpad and a few pencils.

Now of last count, I have 70 pencils of varying lengths and thicknesses etc. and sketchpads going from A2 to A5 and regularly draw for fun.

I am trying to work up to getting a web comic off the ground, but it’s taking more time than I thought. Crazy ideas like the “angry love monster” and the “monktupus” are heavily rooted in now.

Who knows what the web comic will be like when I finally get it started?

So why do I draw? Because I enjoy unleashing my creativity in to the world.

Friday, 7 August 2009

It’s just like riding a bike

green_bike That phrase doesn’t aid or bolster me at all really, due to the fact that;

I don’t know how to ride a bike.

I never learnt back when I was a kid despite my father’s angry insistence that I must learn, and when we got to the cycling proficiency test, or something along those lines, in Year Six I skipped it along with another person who had never learned presumably.

This isn’t to say that I didn’t try to learn. My sense of balance just left a little something to be desired back when I was a child, but now seems to have smoothed itself out

Yes, I’d always planned to practice in open fields and whatnot, but I never got around to it, or had the confidence in myself to do it. Man, I was a really nervous kid, but with good reason I guess.

So now it’s about twelve years since I last tried to ride a bike, and I have little interest in trying to do so. I might try and get it when I know I can do it somewhere secluded, but for now, I’m fine to drive (soon) and walk anywhere I would like to go.

These blog posts seem to be getting ever more personal as I go on. Sorry for being boring, some more reviews soon.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Neurological update - August

Following my MRI scan a few months back I also had an EEG around the same time, during which a load of lights are flickered at you to try and trigger epilepsy, which is about as fun as it sounds. Nothing major happened to me physically, but maybe something in my brain waves went, we’ll see.

Besides that I have a hospital appointment for November the 19th I think with a neurologist and that’s all I know.

The “attacks” have managed to stave off mostly, with minor ones here and there, though I did manage to keep headache and nausea for about a week and a half when I’d had a particularly bad one.

I just wish they’d give me a name for what this thing is…then some medication for it.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Nine year old poetry

ernesto-thinking Not, as you may suspect poetry written in the year 2000, but poetry written when I was nine years old. You see, as a school we did a book called “Orchard Days” which I suspect is long out of print. I will however show you mine, from when I was in Year 5 I think. You have some Year 7 poetry and sketches to come yet at some point too. You could choose a few categories, and I chose “Our School”. It is entitled “At Our School”.

If you come to our school,
You will have fun,
Some people will be a fool,
And their work won’t be done

When you are at our school,
Obey this rule,
Stay cool!
And at home be a fool!

Looking back on it, it’s not bad for still being in single digits. However, I’d heavily criticize myself for starting sentences with the word “and”. I recall that being an aggravation to most of my early English teachers, and I know I’ve since tried to outgrow the habit.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Solipsist Syndrome


So late night, a few days ago I sent Will another pitch, (first one linked to here), which was semi-based on me thinking about the above show and then my own sketches of weird shit like Monktupuses and the aptly named “Angry Love Monster”.

Late night pitch idea. Artist suffer delusions making them believe the things they've drawn are real...but maybe they are.

He cranked out a nice introduction with some cool things, and a world I’d love to see revisited. It’s up here.

Speaking of @fragmad he’s going to comprise these flash fiction/#600words pitches in to a print on demand book with any luck, which I shall be spending some monies on. Read through the rest of his stuff and see what you think.

Monday, 3 August 2009

The secret of the box man

Hello yourself, box man.

An employee left work recently and had the idea to make a face on a box and leave early on his last day. He had already labelled up the walkie talkies as Mr. T, Saddam and Gilbert which no-one has noticed, but that’s only a small thing. However, the box he made a face on, he couldn’t decide where to put it so that it was noticeable to those who knew it was there, but not to people he didn’t want to see it.

Me: “How about on top of the lock-up?” (The lock-up is a big locked cage where we keep alcohol)

So, he got the ladders and put it up there, which looked slightly humorous, but still not good enough.

Me: “I know, take a pole from these things, then jam it in that box of wine carriers, and it’ll hold up there.”

And it did…

IMG_0202I’m such a fucking awesome manger.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

It’s –us Gloop!

charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory-9 So, that was my attempt at being witty, and if you still don’t get it, what’s wrong with you?

July has come to a close and all the sunny sunny-ish not too bad rain and thunderstorms type weather has been hammering us throughout in the UK. As I usually do, I look ahead to the month and let you know what I have planned for it.

Moving all about


If you follow me on Twitter, you would have seen that I had to kick out an non-contributing (didn’t pay rent or anything) flatmate who also happened to be a family member. At first I was concerned, but after finding out she owed over £1,500 within the last year for late rent payment, I wasn’t bothered. She went back to live with her parents, and it’s now mostly resolved.

However, this now means that my best mate, @benjirino will be moving in, which makes a whole ton of sense really as we spend a vast amount of time together playing games and watching DVDs and obsessing over Lost.

Duck soup! Duck what?

I’ve also been playing Final Fantasy X-2 a lot, trying to get 100% on the first run through. I’ve accomplished it before, but have had to use New Game Plus to do so. I’m just trying to beat Shinra at Sphere Break at the moment.

It’s not Final Fantasy!

RaminasLet me level with you. Final Fantasy XII. It’s not a Final Fantasy game, none of the right elements are there and the story bores me to death. 

I’ve tried multiple times to play, but as soon as Ben is moved in we’re going to try a simultaneous play through of Final Fantasy XII when we both have some time off to at least try and finish it. It will not be easy.

Dungeons and Discourse

800pxdungeons_and_dragons_gameDungeons & Dragons will be occurring round my place some time this month. Got a group of four/five people interested. It will be a basic character creating session, with the first few bits of an adventure I have planned out. It’ll be fun.

That’s all I really have planned for this month, a nice easy month.